Monday, June 27, 2011
Yesterday's air show sold out with two hours left in the show.
Sold out. For the first time in its 21-year history, the Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show sold out. At 2 p.m. on Sunday, with two hours left in the show and more than an hour before the Blue Angels were set to perform, the RI National Guard closed the show's gates to any additional visitors. According to multiple reports, traffic was backed up to Route 95 in Warwick with people trying to get into the show. For the thousands who did make it inside the gates, they were treated to performances by the Geico Skytypers, a race between John Klatt's ANG plane and Neal Darnell's jet truck, explosions and much more. For those who didn't make it into the show, check out our gallery and video above. Remember, there's always next …
Sunday, June 26, 2011
See the view of Rhode Island from the Blue Angels' "fat" plane.
It may not fly as fast or as nimbly as the F/A-18 Hornets, but the Blue Angels’ Fat Albert is definitely a showstopper. This plane typically carries the cargo, equipment and support team for the Blue Angels, but it also does some entertaining in its spare time. With a maximum takeoff weight of 150,000 lbs, this C-130 pulls off maneuvers that would make your neighbor’s Corvette envious. During takeoff, the plane accelerates to nearly 200 mph at a 45-degree angle, causing passengers to feel two g’s of gravity. In other words, a 150-pound person feels like 300 pounds. The plane also rapidly drops its altitude, causing passengers to feel zero-gravity – a.k.a. weightlessness. But, it’s the assault landing that takes the cake. The pilots take …
Friday, June 24, 2011
Want great views but not the crowds?
Want to catch the air show, but not the crowds? We've picked out six great spots to watch the show at your leisure. You can't see the entire show from these spots, but these locations will be perfect for those looking for a more laid-back outing. For those of you who are attending the show, check out our guide to this year's air show.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Patch goes one-on-one with the newly renamed flight leader for the Blue Angels.
The Blue Angels got into town last night and we were able to snag an one-on-one with flight leader Captain Greg McWherter. This weekend will mark McWherter's second show since his return to the Blue Angels. McWherter (who led the group from 2008 to 2010) returned following the resignation of Commander Dave Koss. Koss stepped down after flying too low during a demonstration in Lynchburg, VA.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Your complete guide to this year's Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show.
Starting tomorrow, things are going to get mighty loud in North Kingstown as the Blue Angels, C-130s, F-16s and other planes make their way to Quonset Airport for this year's air show. So who's showing up this year? How much does it cost? Slow your roll because we've got you covered. Where & When What Do I Need To Know? The Acts (Check the videos above for a sneak peek of some of the acts.) Morning Acts Afternoon Acts Directions From Points North Take I-95 South to Exit 9 - RT 4 South, North Kingstown, East Greenwich (left exit). Off of RT 4, take Exit 7B (Quonset) Stay on RT 403. RT 403 will become Roger Williams Way. After the 3rd traffic light on Roger Williams Way take a left onto Conway Street. Follow signs to Air National Guard Base…